Austin's airport is set for a major facelift, as detailed in a year-in-review report on progress on several key infrastructure projects at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). With a spotlight on expansion and development, Austin's hub is responding to a surge in passenger and airline activity by pushing forward with its ambitious Journey With AUS program.
New facilities and upgrades reported include the completed East Cargo Facility, which now offers improved capacities for cargo operations. Meanwhile, the West Gate Expansion Project has broken ground and is anticipated to deliver an additional 84,500 square feet of space, including upgraded waiting areas and restrooms. Furthermore, an overhaul of the outbound baggage handling system is underway, aiming to eventually handle a staggering 4,000 bags per hour upon its slated 2025 completion, according to Austintexas.
In preparation for further development, more than 30 buildings were demolished this year, clearing space for two new midfield taxiways. This is in line with the airport's strategy to manage future airfield infrastructure demands.
In addition to the physical construction, AUS leaders have been busy building relationships, as evidenced by the success of two Industry Day conferences. These events served as critical touchpoints for connecting with both major and minor players in the construction and development sectors. "Throughout the year, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has been at the forefront of fostering collaboration and building strong partnerships with contractors," as stated in Austintexas.